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Slide 0: Amazing Origami
Amazing Origami
Designed for all ages and skill levels, Amazing Origami: Traditional Japanese Folding Papers and Projects comes with everything you need to transform high quality paper into beautiful origami works of art. Simple instructions permit origami beginners to start immediately. Gorgeous, Japanese folding papers—patterned with delicate designs and gold detailing evocative of one-of-a-kind motifs gracing vintage Japanese kimono fabrics—inspire experienced paper folders to create unique origami art. Kit includes 144 two-sided, full-color folding papers, 17 fun projects (Luna moth, tortoise, carp, leaf, peacock, butterfly, koi, Chinese pinwheel, and many more), 13 custom paper designs, and clear step-by-step instructions. Sturdy box doubles a display pedestal.
Slide 1: Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present
Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers and collectors, as well as lovers of beautiful clothes everywhere.
Slide 2: Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
Chinese Symbolism & Art Motifs is a comprehensive handbook of symbolism in Chinese art and culture. Serves as an invaluable resource for any student of Eastern art history, Chinese arts and crafts, and anyone interested in commonly held Chinese beliefs and their origins.
Slide 3: Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City
Ming's Adventure in the Forbidden City is a colorfully illustrated multicultural children's book featuring a boy of today and a Little Emperor from the past who find adventure and fun in the Forbidden City!
Slide 4: Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912 is a fascinating look at the life and times of empresses in the Qing dynasty as they played an influential role in the imperial court and the cosmopolitan culture of their time. Offering compelling insights into the material culture, activities, and living spaces of Qing empresses, this lavishly illustrated book features over 100 spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing—including large-scale portraits, court robes, and richly decorated Buddhist sutras—that bring the splendor of the Qing court to life. A series of insightful essays examines the fascinating ways that key imperial women engaged with art, religion, and politics. This unprecedented exploration of the Qing court from the perspective of its royal women is an important new contribution to our understanding of Chinese art and history.
Slide 5: The Last Emperors
The Last Emperors
The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was the last and arguably the greatest of the conquest dynasties to rule China. Its rulers, Manchus from the north, held power for three centuries despite major cultural and ideological differences with the Han majority. In The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions, Evelyn Rawski offers a bold new interpretation of the remarkable success of this dynasty, arguing that it derived not from the assimilation of the dominant Chinese culture, as has previously been believed, but rather from an artful synthesis of Manchu leadership styles with Han Chinese policies.
Slide 6: Cherry Blossom Friends
Cherry Blossom Friends
A child-friendly history of the cherry trees in our nation's capital, Cherry Blossom Friends is a fully illustrated picture book that tells about the gifts associated with these cherry trees—animals, fresh air, and the long friendship between the United States and Japan. Fun facts will teach first and second graders about the monuments around the National Mall. Riddles will teach them about the animals that live among the cherry trees and in the greater Washington area.
Slide 7: Adventures of Rama
Adventures of Rama
To rid the world of the evil, ten-headed Ravana, the Hindu god Vishnu appears on earth as a heroic prince, Rama. The devotion of his brother Lakshman, his marriage to the beautiful Sita, and encounters with demons, giants, sages, and holy men form favorite episodes familiar to any Hindu child. Taken from the holy text, the Ramayana, these stories conclude with Rama's efforts to rescue the kidnapped Sita, aided by Hanuman, leader of an army of monkeys. The Adventures of Rama retells and lavishly illustrates these incidents using original paintings from a 16th-century Mughal manuscript in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art. The author, Milo Cleveland Beach, is the former director of the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Although based on Hindu religion and taken from the 500 B.C. Ramayana, this story book is really all about marvels. Lavishly illustrated with enlargements of miniatures painted during the reign of Akbar the Great.
Slide 8: Becoming
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Mrs. Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Mrs. Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Slide 9: Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
Written by Sterling Seagrave, author of The Soong Dynasty, Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China gives us our most vivid and reliable biography yet of the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, remembered through the exaggeration and falsehood of legend as the ruthless Manchu concubine who seduced and murdered her way to the Chinese throne in 1861.
Slide 10: Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1
Three books in one, Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 includes the first three titles in L. Frank Baum's American fairytale series about the world of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, and Ozma of Oz.
Slide 11: The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the quintessential American fairy tale. Michael Patrick Hearn, the world's leading Oz scholar, now provides a fascinating new annotation that not only reacquaints readers with the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion, but also illuminates the colorful background of this treasured American classic. This edition explores numerous contemporary references, provides character sources, and explains the actual meaning of the word "Oz." A facsimile of the rare 1900 first edition appears with the original drawings by W.W. Denslow, as well as 25 previously unpublished illustrations. There is a bibliography of L. Frank Baum's published work, every notable "Oz" edition, and the stage and cinematic productions from 1939's The Wizard of Oz™, to the 1974 Broadway hit, The Wiz. A beautiful, awe-inspiring work, The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) is an enduring tribute to the timeless joy of The Wizard of Oz, and a classic to rival Baum's own.
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